US-based Mexican-American quick-service restaurant chain Del Taco has reported a 2% rise in total revenues to $120.2m for its third-quarter (Q3) ending 10 September 2019.

The company also reported a net loss of $7.7m, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to $5.9m, or $0.15 in its third-quarter in 2018.

Adjusted net income of the restaurant chain was $3.7m, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to $6.0m, or $0.15 per diluted share for the same period the previous year.

Del Taco reported a 1% increase in system-wide comparable restaurant sales. The QSR chain’s company-operated and franchised comparable restaurant sales increased by 0.4% and 1.8% respectively.

In addition, the restaurant chain reported adjusted EBITDA of $14.5m, compared with $17.7m in Q3 for 2018.

Del Taco president and chief executive officer John D. Cappasola Jr said: “Still, flattish comparable restaurant sales at company-operated restaurants coupled with inflationary pressures on food, labour, and operating expenses resulted in lower restaurant contribution and adjusted EBITDA compared to the year-ago period.

“We have since experienced an improvement in company-operated sales and transaction trends during the fourth quarter as we continue to activate and embed our transaction driving initiatives.

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“Specifically, we have made great progress against our digital transformation following the late third-quarter launch of Postmates in substantially all company-operated restaurants along with ramping up the Del App to over 800,000 registered users.”

Del Taco opened two franchised and two company-operated restaurants, as well as closing one company-operated restaurant during the quarter.

The chain also acquired a high-volume franchised restaurant in southern California.

Cappasola added: “Looking ahead, we expect to benefit from further menu innovation, including a new seasonal authentic Pork Tamales LTO and additional delivery traction, including the planned launch of DoorDash as our third delivery service provider late in the fourth quarter.”